Several techniques exist for treating skin that is wrinkled, scarred or otherwise damaged. The amount of improvement varies and depends upon the initial condition of the patient’s skin and the procedure.
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Botox is not only used for cosmetic purposes but has also been proven to be effective in treating the pain associated with bruxism (teeth grinding) with effects being felt as soon as the next day.
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Botox® Injections can reduce the signs of aging by reducing the muscle activity and wrinkles of the eyebrow and forehead. It is especially effective in reducing frown lines.
Over time, skin becomes less elastic; repeated frowning creates lines and wrinkles between the brows (also known as glabellar lines). BOTOX® Cosmetic is the only FDA-approved prescription treatment for moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people ages 18 to 65.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein that smoothes the muscles by blocking nerve impulses. With a few tiny injections, BOTOX® Cosmetic blocks the release of acetylcholine, the chemical that causes muscles to contract. With less movement, the skin surface gradually smoothes out and the lines begin to fade.
The BOTOX® Cosmetic procedure consists of a few tiny injections and takes only a few minutes to accomplish. In most cases, no anesthesia is required; however we may numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to the injections. There may be minimal and brief discomfort, along with slight temporary bruising at the injection sites, which can easily be covered up with make-up. Most patients can resume their normal daily activities immediately.
Results are typically seen in days and may continue to improve during the first week after treatment. Results may vary. With proper unit dosing, the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic can last up to four months. 89% of men and women surveyed rated the improvement in their appearance of brow frown lines as moderate to better after one month.
The most common side effects following injection include temporary eyelid droop and nausea. Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the injection.
BOTOX® can also be used for therapeutic and rehabilitative applications, such as a muscle relaxant to relieve pain associated with chronic clenching and grinding habits, often seen in patients with TMJ disorders.
BOTOX® information courtesy of Allergan, Inc.